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A domain hack is an unconventional domain name that combines domain labels, especially the top-level domain (TLD), to spell out the full "name" or title of the domain, making a kind of pun.

For example the second-level domain (SLD) makes use of the TLD .gs (South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands) to spell "blogs". The third-level domains and make use of the SLDs and from the TLDs .us (United States) and .to (Tonga) to spell "delicious" and "crypto" respectively.

In this context, the "hack" represents a clever trick (as in programming), not an exploit or break-in (as in security).

Shorter domain names

Domain hacks offer the ability to produce extremely short domain names. A popular real world example is with five letters total, versus the comparable with eight letters or the often preferred with eleven letters. Domain hacks default to the omission of the www. prefix, with the side effect of shortening the domain name, as every letter is taken into account as the site's title.


On Monday, November 23, 1992, was registered [1]. On Friday, May 3, 2002, was registered to create, the most visited domain hack, with the prepending of the "del" third-level domain.

Yahoo! acquired[2] on June 14, 2005, and[3] on December 9, 2005. is a whois server, indicating the registered ownership information of a domain. It was established June 12, 2002 and registered to an address in Reykjavík as the .is extension is nominally Iceland., a consumer-complaint site listing telephone numbers of known telemarketers, was first registered in 2005.

Other languages

Domain hacks are by no means restricted to the English language.

Some years ago, a passing fad amongst French-speakers was to register their names in the Niue TLD .nu, which led to so-and-so.NU, which in French and Portuguese means "nude" or "naked"; however, as of 2007, Niue authorities have revoked many of these domain names. Likewise, Dutch, Swedish and Danish speakers sometimes use .nu, as it means 'now' in these languages.

Another French-speaking example is, where "teube" can be translated by "dumb" or "dick" in English. Louez.ça, which means «rent that», is a listing of rental properties in Montréal, Canada.

German examples are (chocolate), or (wrong).

Some organisations situated in Switzerland uses TLDs to specifically refer to their canton (like the Belgian TLD .be for the Canton of Berne).

An Afrikaans example is - "die" meaning "the" in English (The Internet). Email addresses in this domain can then be expressed as "user at the internet".

A Portuguese example is vai.lá, which is equivalent to the in English. Another is, where «noticias» means "news".

In Russian, the ("No translations") is a translation portal.

In Slovak, rozbaľ.to ("Unpack it") is the home page of a prepaid Internet access service.

In Slovenian, the ("Find it yourself") is a popular local search engine.

A Gibraltarian example is - The phone company in Gibraltar is called Gibtelecom and they have used the .com to their advantage.


Using domain hacks weakens the usefulness of country code TLDs. With domain hacks, it becomes harder to judge the country of origin of a website by just looking at the TLD. Breaking up a domain name to subdomains and/or the URL pathname most often renders the actual domain name meaningless and breaks against good naming conventions.

Some domain hacks are difficult to remember until you become familiar with them, such as A common typo is to type the periods in the incorrect location. (To counteract this, has also registered the and domain names which forward to their site.)

See also


  1. ^ Whois domain search [4]
  2. ^ Winstead, Jim. sold June 14, 2005.
  3. ^ Schachter, Joshua. y.ah.oo! December 9, 2005.

External links

  • Domain Hacks Suggest - 300,000+ domain hack suggestions (filtered by first letter, word length, and TLD)
  • Domain hunting - 220,000+ domain ideas (requires executing a Perl script to generate domain hack suggestions)
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